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, recognized by both political parties as turning point. a change debate about the role of government, free market to the future trajectory of our nation. in that debate, campaign commercials and political rhetoric abound. sound bytes, daily reactions dominate the news cycle. luckily for us in the miss -- mist of this a serious thinker wrote a serious book. having been discovered by william f. buckley and grown up writing and reading for national review and overcome the education at harvard university and the upbringing in west virginia, he it a touring figure of the conservative movement. rightly sew. a professor of government the the clare month college. he's the coed or it with william f. buckley of keeping the tablet of modern american conservative thought. he is written extensively on american constitutionalism and political ideas. indeed the addition nat federalist paper the one published -- is the best selling edition in the united states. he can contributes regularly to the opinion pages of the "the wall street journal," "los angeles times," writes about flicks, and -- politicking a
good luck. god bless. [applause] . . the turning point. a change debate. the role of government, free-market, future trajectory of our nation. in that debate to campaign commercials and political rhetoric abound. sound bites, the reactions dominate the news cycle. luckily for us in the midst of all of this a very serious thinker has written a very serious book. having overcome his education at harvard university and his upbringing in west virginia, today a towering figure of the conservative movement wrigley so . professor of government at claremont college. the kill editor with william f. buckley of keeping the tablet, modern american conservative thought. political ideas. indeed, his edition of the federalist papers published by segment is the best selling edition in the ad states. he contributes regularly to the opinion pages of the wall street journal, los angeles times, writes politics and policy review, national review, weekly standard among other journals. a senior fellow at the claremont institute, one of our closest thing tank allies which takes as its mission to restor
it into english and went along the lines of its against the hagues of the government which is you blame every single mistake and work against the state. on the other hand, i mentioned henry david who was pivotal in my thinking. he basically had the idea of not the idea of living but he went out on civil disobedience to the hill and saw this absolute duty that surrounded him. i want to look around myself and say here there is no state. i try to do that every day by making sure i can see everything from interacting with my neighbors in the sense of exchange and privatizing my life, taking my life back from the state and privatizing it to the extent possible do i interject in the state and make sure you go into businesses that are privatizing government services. we are going to an unprecedented period of the state control and i'm not saying that you should marker yourself or your family. that would be reckless. to the extent possible privatize your own personal life. >> does that mean you are living off the grid and not flying on their plans because of tsa and all the different regulations. are
of city government. i was chairing an elected commission in los angeles to revise the city charter, and i saw then that he not only was amazingly talented, but a reporter of enormous integrity. at one point he believed the los angeles times was not devoting nearly enough time to charter reform, it was important to the city, and according to los angeles weekly, he quit his position at the los angeles times in protest over this. he put his very job on the line because he believed in the importance of the story. he was then and is now an enormous star of the los angeles times. and as a result of that, the los angeles times decided to change it approach and gave tremendous attention to charter reform. i will always believe that charter reform succeeded in 1999 in los angeles because of what jim newton did and the covers of the l.a. times. a few years ago he mentioned to me he was planning to take some time off to do a biography of earl warren. i thought it was a great idea. and then i had the chance to read the book, and without a doubt it's the best judicial biography that i've ever read. so
at the washington post before i escaped the belt way with my florida girl. government is not a new topic for me. i did not think i could have written this book if i still lived in washington. the group think is too strong and it is almost impossible to overstate the power of the conventional wisdom that the stimulus was a ludicrous failure and totally uncool to talk about it without ruling rise and making ironic comments. you totally stimulated the economy when you gave that panhandler at a dollar. even obama joked after his annual thanksgiving pardon that he saved or created four turkeys. my friends here know that i have a contrarian streak. i don't do groupthink. the guy who visited gulf after the bp spill and rode the environmental damage was being overstated, i was right. i had data. arguing that the stimulus was a new new deal was not just considered contrarian but delusional. like arguing the bp spill didn't happen. we can discuss why. a combination of relentless republican distortion, incompetent white house communication, brain dead media coverage, the unfortunate timing of the jobs bill t
command of international affairs and his insight in the workings of government and other actors. with these gentlemen we are poised for an illuminating conversation about the world, the future and the revenge of geography. bobbit and david, over to you. >> i think you're probably not supposed to see the serious moderator by but i love this book. it's ridiculous how many yell will post its i've put in it. i'm not just doing it to flatter the teacher because i really like it and i want to try to walk the audience through this or have him what the audience through and i would like to start with a provocative opening comment. you said my reporting of for three decades convinced me we need to recover the sensibility of time and space that has been lost in the information age's when they dash across the continent which allow us to talk a lot of the distinguished columnist tom friedman labeled a flat world. instead level introduced readers to the decidedly unfashionable figures to push up against the notion that geography no longer matters. i want to ask you to start with the basics of
'll ever need in israel. and yes, we'll export the gas and today we decided the government at the beginning we'll export 50% of the gas i will evaluate this decision after we continue to drill in the water. but we are very lucky. and i think the energy market. also one being in my book is i haven't seen any of this year and 10 u.s., but now doing a pilot on the infrastructure and we try to use their brain for their solutions for energy. >> i am an israeli. i was born there. others raise their. as an israeli now, either argumentative, but this is not the forum for arguments. i am also a guest here. i enlaces gaston we're not supposed to attack, although you tempt me greatly. >> we can do that in israel. >> after my house we can do that. not everybody in israel is in agreement with you. there's many experienced people, smart people, don't hold on to your point of view. i have a very simple question. israel is a mighty country. it is the strongest country in the middle east. israel has a clichÉ of atomic weapons. for many years, they obtained like we used to do historically to obtain arms and
been starved by an intelligencal government policy over the last ten to fifteen years. it's a place that houses and has housed for well over a decade of serious of -- concentration camps where political prisoners are tortured, sometimes executed for crimes no more serious than listening to a foreign radio broadcast. , reading a bible or disrespecting a picture of the dear leader. it's really a chilling book and it's a book that should be must read for anyone who cares about human rights or who cares about the political environment and the foreign policy concerns that relate to north korea. as a general rule, u.s. north korea policy follows a very similar and repetitive pattern. the provocations by the regime, missile launches, underground nuclear test or the occasional thinking of south korean boat. they are followed by threats of sanction by the international community. a lot of hand wringing. as with the child, the province of better behavior whereupon the international community comes back and provides more aid to the regime. in many respects continuing to prop up the regime. and
and these are all government documents and they have never been found. so that was one thing he seems to have gotten away with. another thing was in 2004, smart tag played a central role in the presidential election. the secretary of each state, a part of their job is to oversee an impartial election. you may recall kathleen harris in florida was secretary of state of florida and she also haven't played a central role in the bush election and there is considerable controversy over that. well, a very similar thing happened in ohio in 2004, where ken blackwell was secretary of state. and again, he was supposed to oversee a fair and impartial election. but he happened to be cochaired the bush cheney reelection committee. he decided to tabulate the return for the 2004 election was secretary of state's computers weren't enough than they needed to get another set of computer service. so who did he go to both smart tack. smart tax roll raises an amount of very interesting questions. i went through the returns as deeply studied. there were several lawsuits. you can see when the returns came in that night. a
they came from government research grants. we have the department of defense which always wanted us to be at the very cutting edge of technology. we had the internet was originally a way for government scientist to communicate with each other. clearly that basis is sort of the big reason silicon valley got started and we sort of had this critical mass and created the fertile ground and on the job training and kind of the kind of interaction that helped us. >> guest: i would say it's possible. i'm skeptical of it. and skeptical of it for two reasons. when you think about the internet, think about all the commercialization of it that has occurred since 1992 or three when they came up with the browsers. almost all that has been done by private enterprise to very little of it i think was done by the government. and so the second is i don't know about you but when i think back to what i learned in school, all learning occurs on the job. it's highly specialized. and that you really learn by doing over the course of your career very little of which are taking away from school. that's the t
called it the committee effect is really not committees, it was governments. he'll dealing with the canadian government we're asking them for the pass passport. can you imagine them coming us and asking us for blank bass pass -- passport. no. he's dealing with every level of the white house and jimmy carter who approved -- tony had one foot out of the door in germany and a cable came in that said stop. the president is reviewing the findings. twenty in in the -- twenty minutes later, god speed. good luck. from the president of the united states. this is unprecedented. he said, if this didn't go well, the american flag was going to be draped all over it. so he's working with the canadian and the white house, he's working with the cia, bureaucracy and the state department. it's difficult get everybody on the same page with the idea they're calling the best bad they could come up with. he did all of that. but beyond that, he went and walked them through the airport on his own, which wasn't necessarily in the plan, and our headquarter often tells us don't do that. don't go in t
spending but he also believed the government had a positive role to play. the interstate highway system, which eisenhower -- which was eisenhower's brainchild. [applause] more money was spent on the intraday -- interstate highway system than the new deal from 1839 to 18 to 41 with zero impact on the budget because it was paid for through gasoline taxes. [applause] thethe st. lawrence seaway connecting the great lakes, opening the great lakes to traffic again had been on the drawing board since the administration of theodore roosevelt and eisenhower -- eisenhower took, assumed the presidency in a time of mccarthyism and incredible communist witchhunt. he did it as he did so many things in the background. it was eisenhower orchestrated the army's response in the army mccarthy hearings. i'm not going to get into a contest but that stunk. and when it was over mccarthy had him vanquished but i think it was the desegregation issue perhaps in which eisenhower most often underestimated. president truman had ordered the army to be desegregated in 1950 but the that the army had not complied. 85%
not committees of government. he's dealing with the canadian government. we are asking them for carte blanche for the passport. can you imagine the canadian government coming to the united states congress and asking us for blank passports? domeback. he's dealing with every level from the white house, jimmy carter, who actually approved, tony had one foot out the door in germany and a cable came into his head stop, president is reviewing. 20 minutes later, godspeed, good luck, from the president of the united states. this is unprecedented. because as he said, if this didn't a wealthy american flag was going to be draped all over it. so he's working with the canadians, working wit with a we us, working with the cia bureaucracy, and is working with the state department. and it's difficult to get everybody on the same page with the idea that they are calling the best bad idea they could come up with. he did all that. but beyond that he went and walked them through the airport on his own, which wasn't necessarily in the plan, and our headquarters often tells us don't do that. don't go in the airpo
a check, antar government building, rent a video. he can hardly do anything. instead the critics rather than try to help people get ideas simply yell racism further exacerbating the racial political tensions. chris dodd who crafted a bipartisan lecturer -- reform bill after the florida miltown was quoted as saying the goal of american law should be to make it easy to vote and hard to achieve. we are americans. we can do both. to civil rights. one is the right to never be prevented or intimidated from voting. we had a history in many states. poll tax, literacy test, bizarre registration hours. we passed the civil rights law to prevent that. the second city right not to have your vote canceled up by someone who is an illegal alien, and died, voting twice, or someone who does not even exist. that to file its your sole rights. we can do both. now, an obstacle to this is to reference the previous speaker on fast and furious, the eric holder justice department. they claim there is no voter fraud america. the clinical want to poll taxes. eric holder himself said that. they are suing any state
a lot of these people into government. that was a good or bad thing. many people saw it as a sign of academics and maybe even take the country in a different direction. so i contacted the minister of higher education and the contacted bashar. two years almost to the day later the ambassador to the united states called me up and was also a friend and also an academic. dean of computer science at damascus university prior to becoming ambassador. he said, it's on. and i had forgotten about this whole thing. and i said, what's on? and the set to well, the president wants to meet with you and so common with him in may and june of that year extensively, it's viewed his wife and many other syrian officials. >> what was the first meeting like? >> well, after the pleasantries in after i explained why i wanted to do this my first substantive sentence to him was, mr. president, you know i'm not an apologist for syria. of writing this book on you, and of going to criticize you. and he said, that's fine. i know you will criticize me. i know that because i'm not perfect and in the past you crit
becoming the first woman to serve as government in the state's entire history. but the media went after her wetter than swoon like they did with president obama. katie couric tried her best to derail sarah palin. she spent a full day with her. she asked sarah palin what newspapers she read. she didn't name any that katie couric approved of. so she did love. this is different. it was sarah palin. katie couric had what she wanted. can you imagine if katie couric had exhibited the same deal with president obama? imagine that she spent a full day with him and asked him some questions like how many soldiers are there in a battalion? after some stammering, k.t. not katie could have followed up, that you are asking this country to make a commander in chief, you have no idea how many men are in a bit -- battalion? i'm sure john mccain does. but katie couric sisterhood only applies to liberal women. when palen did get the nomination, you would've thought that katie couric, barbara walters, diane sawyer, and the pack of shrill shrew is on "the view", okay, elizabeth doesn't count, but they said that
scrambling on the streets,e as the imminent collapse of their government drew near, my dad and his cousin told this helicopter, which had suffered heavy shelling and bombing, thee were actually denied entry. my dad turned homed and my cousn attempted entry by himself and was eventually successful., he when my i got her the helicopter blades above his house, despite one the militia, he knew it was time native there was one snack. my mom did not want to leave her wa native land. you have to understand that bacs then, nothing was clear.here in her head, she got even if you could escape the city, where would we go my mom turned to my dad and said, take the somethinm go for immediate fear not that of a family that b could be le divided.ernal she had the ingenious plan to bring her maternal grandmother into the equation. she was always the smartest one. states he eventually went on to get his phd in nuclear physics in the united states. was my grandmother, she was, she was cent an adventurous spirit. at she fled her home village in central vietnam when she was 19 yearsat old.wanto be in the lat
certain soldiers who should get military medals and they also read them because the french government and the army wanted to understand what had gone wrong in 1940, why did we use this campaign so disastrously so it wasn't about human rights or not document in the massacres, but in the context of trying to explain the defeat, the officers very often gave a lot of detail on what had actually happened in the combat right after these people were taken prisoner so those are the most important sources. the soldiers in the diaries admit that they did kill africans. very few of them, but what you can see in the german source mostly the stereotypes about men eating african soldiers that mirror almost 1-1 in the proceeding days. one of the things that surprised me is that the massacres were by no means universal. there were german officers who were exposed to the san nazi propaganda of those that ordered the massacres but decided this is not right. this is against the geneva convention, this is a legal even though the official nazi newspaper essentially legitimized the killing of the prisoners
the men but they had to carry-on. government was not there. these people survived on their own. the connection to family mifflin and -- newfoundland family needs more than anything. that is a great value. the. . . . . saw a vision of uncle tom being whipped to death. the title to give you a clue. i think he's a very important figure and he has been completely understudied. his role as judge advocate general was extremely significant to link them. his support for lincoln's policies are very important in the story is just an law so i thought it was time somebody brought that story to light. >> we are the maine state library in a public reading room and were going the maine author's collection. in the early 1920s, henry tunick who is the state laboring at the time started collecting books by maine writers trying to get them signed whenever possible and it has grown into this. >> welcome to maine's capital city on booktv. with the help of our time warner cable partners or the next 90 minutes we will explore the literary culture of this area as we visit with local authors and explor
of the things that the film tries to suggest that the federal government largely been the person of joseph holt, basically railroaded for mary sherard to her death, and without any interest in what the truth was. they determined that she should hang regardless. and they went after her. there was no deal to make sure she was convicted and so forth. so it makes him into a truly vengeful, three-dimensional character that is really not like what he is right now. not during the lincoln administration and afterwards, it must've been an incredibly difficult job. could you expand upon what that job was before and the job that he ended up with? >> the job was basically there was one person who had a small office who kept track of whatever sorts of military offenses occurred in an army that was 16,000 people strong. right of prior to the war. during the civil war, the army expanded to 3 million people. 2.5 million people. this meant that the amount of casework that he had to oversee was extraordinary. he also was given responsibility for pursuing civilians who were engaged in disloyal acts, behavior and
natural rights and self-government, paul was there to hear it all, and in the book, i developed the thesis that he was able to absorb the theoretical underpinnings that would allow him to identify his innate yearning for freedom as a natural right of man. jennings and madison developed a close bond of mutual respect, but they never were able to all together bridge that very deep divide between white ellite and black slaves. nevertheless, jennings had reason to expect that he would be freed by the terms of james mandyson's will. when it didn't happen, he was given to understand that madison and his wife, dolly, had come to an understanding before he died that she would free all the 100 montpelier slaves at her death, and, indeed, when she wrote a will of her own a few years after that, she had a term giving freedom to my man, paul, the only slave so treated. she and her son, by her first marriage, payne todd, who plays the role of foil to jennings in the book, payne todd had every advantage in life and squander them, jennings had no vangs, but managed to carve out a life of meaning, neverth
them because the french government and army wanted to understand what had gone wrong in 1940. why did we lose this campaign so disastrously? so it wasn't about human rights or about documenting massacres, but in the context of trying to explain these officers very often gave a lot of details on what had actually happened in combat in right after people were taken prisoner. so those are the most important sources. the german sources, where soldiers in the diaries admit that they did kill africans, very few of them. but what you can see in the german sources, mostly these stereotypes about african soldiers that mirror almost one to one the nazi publications in the preceding days and weeks. one of the things that surprised me was that the massacres were by no means universal. there were german officers, who were dispensing the same nazi propaganda but who decided this is not right. this is against the geneva convention. this is illegal even though the official nazi newspaper, essentially legitimizes the killing of prisoners. it's the wrong thing to do and many officers decided not to do
. he is remembered for one aspect of his service in the government, which is that he is the prosecutor of the excesses of lincoln, john wilkes booth action team. but he served in the federal government for 1857 until 1875. he was very important during the civil war. his role as judge advocate general was extremely significant to lincoln. his support for late this policy is important, and historians. i thought it was time that somebody brought the story to light. >> what did you learn about him? and interest going in, but through the process what did you learn about him that most interested in? >> well, i knew from very early on in my acquaintance with the judge at the historic -- as a historical figure that he was a complicated person. in fact, my initial introduction to have was in connection with my first book where i was studying women's involvement in the civil war. he appeared as someone who issued a legal brief from the administration made sure that one of the women i was study was not allowed to continue working for the federal government as a doctor. and i was very angry at him
. to give just one example, every radio must be registered with government, and its dial must be fixed to the government run radio station. to enforce this rule, security police equipped with scanners cruise neighborhoods trying to identify households where residents have tinkered with radios and are tuning in to banned foreign radio broadcasts. surveys of north koreans hiding in china show that a high percentage of them listen to foreign radio broadcasts in north korea, in defiance of the rule. and their motivation to leave was in part influenced by what they heard on those foreign radio broadcasts. people are hungry for information about the outside world. north koreans to escape must first go to china. they can't go south to south korea, strange as it may seem, because the demilitarized zone that runs along the 38th parallel is despite its name, the most militarized border in the world, and it's impossible to get across endless you are a soldier who has been shown the safe route. and only a few people make it out of north korea by going across the dmz. instead they go to china, and
question. because the media plays such a crucial role what advice would you give government to file a woman in public office. >> i think the best way to deal with any criticism is the sense of humor. really get this. it was not so much that she got criticism, but she had such -- so much attention on her being the only woman. sheikh -- there were a couple of lines i "in the chapter where she's talking about, it's so difficult being the only woman in the senate. i have to take care of cleaning somebody's set in making sure that the red vests are press. chicken of just, you know, just about of bank. then she was also talking about the fact that people criticize her for being fairly soft-spoken , not aggressive. if anybody does that will mark time, and rented them over the head of the franc grant. if you can approach this with some humor, that is bob dole, being where we are right now, so good that. and we all teach communication as one thing. we tell our students that humor is the best way to deflect a really intense situation. if you can laugh yourself and your fine. >> an exploratory bid for
rise. the 5 story building still used by government offices today where the pension office of the department of interior was first located and then move to the patent office building. you know it as the grant structure that houses two smithsonian museums. the dolley madison house where jennings live with his mistress until he became free in 1847, that also is there today. paul jennings would have been on the cellar level. after the burning of the white house, the madison white house never lived in the white house again. the temporary white house became the octagon. the octagon is another of the buildings still in washington. it was there that james madison signed the treaty again that ended the war of 1812 and jennings writes that on that occasion everyone in the household was thrilled to hear that news had finally arrived. jennings said he played the president's march on the violin. 7s were instructed to pour wine literally including for themselves and jennings rights that the french steward was drunk for two days. never he said was there such an exciting time in washingto
of the government agencies would talk to us so we requested these e-mails which had shut them down and they all came down completely blocked off. all you could see the subject line was wamu. in fact the only art in this book is one of those blackout e-mails. we still had hundreds of them and so even after the process it is just a blow by blow of what was happening in seattle and in washington, d.c. and new york and it was like pulling teeth. i had to rely mostly on public record to peace what was going on because even three years later no one wanted to talk about it. it's very controversial. >> a lot of lives and broken hearts. >> one of the tragedies of the story that i hadn't known before is as kerry killinger was making these decisions to build on the mortgage lending and go down that path, lewd started writing these letters to kerry and others said the bank stating you shouldn't go down this road. this is a way to go. you need to get rid of all these loans. the culture change the bank now they were focused on being driven instead of the values of being a fair and caring and human and lou was ups
and the new york attorney scandal, suddenly, 22 million e-mails were deleted. these are all government documents. they have never been found. so that was one thing that he seems to have gone away with. another thing was in 2004. smart tech played a central role in the presidential election. the secretary of state, each state, part of their job is to oversee a fair and impartial election. he may have recalled in the 2000 election, kathleen harris in florida was secretary of the state of florida and she also happened to play a central role in the bush election and there was considerable controversy over that. well, very similar, something happened in ohio in 2004 where ken blackwell was secretary of state. again come he was supposed to oversee a fair and impartial election. he also happened to cochair the bush cheney reelection committee. he decided to tabulate returns for the 2004 election, the secretary of state's computers were not enough and they needed to get another set of computer servers. so who did he go to? he went to marquette -- smart tech. they raise an enormous amount of ve
surveillance within the spy business or by governments, which has really changed i think the political reality dramatically. whether this has come up in your research and writing about various subjects? >> no, i haven't heard much about that kind of thing and the reason is that during the years of recent incredibly quick technological development, i had been writing about the middle ages and the first world war. [laughter] so i was able to, i was able to kind of escape from having to deal with all of that sort of stuff but i am sure you are right. and the kind of intelligence that comes from technology is now very very important and i don't know if it's superior to human intelligence. i don't know if it's superior to what you get from spies that you get so much more bit from electronic surveillance that i think it's probably taking prominence, yeah or go so if i ever do another contemporary spy story i'm going to have to get into that stuff. >> what the that you haven't written has influenced you the most and what do you like to do -- thank you for coming. >> you know the most important book i
. they were passing right to work laws. they were receiving lots of funding for the federal government to build military installations at a time when the united states was involved in the cold war with the soviet union, so states like mississippi, states like georgia, texas, florida, southern california, arizona and north carolina are all being transformed in the post-world war ii period by this historic shift in population. just think about it. this period from 1964 to 2008 can be thought of this kind of the period of sunbelt dominance in the american presidential history. if you think about it, every president elected from 1964 to 2008 comes from a state of the sunbelt. lyndon johnson from texas, richard nixon from california, gerald ford was not even elected vice president. he was from michigan. jimmy carter from georgia, ronald reagan from california, the first george bush from texas and bill clinton from arkansas and the second bush from texas. so 2008 is in some ways a watershed election it's in being the four-year period of sunbelt dominance. there were issues that were critical
in the book her for a sane men that. you know, every last one who runs for student government president is going to go for congress. but you know, there is not a lack of self-confidence and a lot of young men interested in politics that there isn't young women. and you know, one of the things kassebaum talked about intent is right, so many of the women who have got into politics have gotten in because of some vague. barbara mikulski was preserving her neighborhood. i was that a program at the national archive about four or five years ago i happened to be in washington and not allude to an end, which just written a book called politics with a couple of other women politicians, both parties. they had all gotten in because of some issue. and it was a crosswalk that they needed for her kids to get to school safely. and you know, kassebaum got out on the school board. so if you can get women to get in at that level, then you can begin to develop the confidence, but it is hard i think for women to see themselves in those positions. >> something really struck me that's not in the book. it shou
. the government will do it. holy cross, when i looked at the networks that have been formed, the friendships, the power of the cross, as the college and of the way that people support each other and loved each other across the generations it's also a testament of how it happens in this country in barrels. a think the support and the love the people have shown, what they have shown for these men and an appreciation for how difficult it was to be pioneers on that campus, i hope it is a story that we will continue to come back to again and again. i have to say, given the support i got, i want every story to be based on the holy cross campus. thank you very much. think you again for supporting the book. i don't think it does justice, but i hope that at least it is a start and that others will come forward and continue to tell the story. >> you can watch this and other programs online. here's a look of books that are being published this week. national correspondent for the atlantic and author of black hawk down crackles the hunt in the the finish. journalist michael dobbs ricans last six months
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